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As not one In a hundred of our readers has had the opportunity of attending the wonderfully interesting series of lectures givei |by Mlaa Von Flnkolsteln, tho followtag account of that entitled '' The Homes and Haunts of Josus," as given by the " Otago Dally Timeo " will doubtlese be acceptable:—' 'The lecture was a v^ld purtrayal of the people among .whom Jcbub lived and labored ; their cos tames, cuototns, and modes of life ; bringing Into prominence, of course, the real sigificanoe of the illusions contained Id His teaching. The lecturesa appeared last n ght m the garb of a we!. '-to do farm t's wife, resident m oue of the country towns or villages of Palestine. Oq tbe eta^e was a sort of screen draped tent-fashion on the three sacred colors— red, green, and ybllow — and also the few simple articles of furniture that would be found m the abodes of this class of people, tho fellaheen. Miss von Finkelitein's assistants also wore distinctive costumes, making up a typical village p«rty. There was the leotureea hereelf as a married woman, readily distinguished as such by her raised head dreae, her abundanoe of jewellery, and her linen garment striped m three colors ; there was also tbe maiden with lower head dress and little or no jewellery; the yonng bride In crlmion silk ; the village prie&t with green tarban and girdle; the well-to-do shepherd win coat and cloak ("both signs of prosperly), rod and s'.sff ; and the hireling shephard, or " wolf m cheep's clothing." This expression, tha leoturess explained, was u;ed to eignify the individuals who would orawl ' under cover of night amidst the flook, mii distinguishable by reason of their sheep- ' skin olGthlog, to steal the young lambs. There was a great deal of interesting i Information gi/en m the course of the evening as to the shepherds of Palestine who figure ao prominently m Biblical illustrations. The way In which they lead their fbcks, going before them with familiar calls ; the use of the staff and the rod, whfoh latter Mian von Flnkelateia explained fs m reality a olub for ihe protection of the sheep from the ravages of hostile beasts, — all this waa I not only related, but graphically Illustrated. As regards the shepherd's rod or olub, Misa von Finkehtein advanced a novel aud ratber attractive theory, It is aoeptre shaped, and fs carried sceptre and tho leoiuress believes accordingly that it is actually the original of. the royal sceptre, having been adopted as their Insignia by the shepherd kl-jgs of Israel. It would bo impossible In a limited space to follow the lecture throughout, enumerating the dark places that Miss von Finkelsteln made dear, and the apparently objectless Scriptural alias! .ns to which she gave weight. A few may be mentioned as examples. The command of Christ to BLis disciples to salute no one by the wayside gained Intelligibility when it was expUfned that a salutation by the wayside, commencing with thoaalaam of peace, sometimes continued for three quarters of an hour. Practical Illustration was given of this elaborate greeting, and amusing as it might be In some respects, it was really more touching than mirth provoking. Orjr bluff methods are most valuable no doubt for practical purposes, but they are In rude contrast to the poetical beauty and simple religious fervour of the Eastern salutation. Much of the lecture was devoted solely to tha women of Palestine, and it was shown how much it 1b due. to their untiring activity and fidelity that tbe customs of the soil have been co unchangingly preserved. Many and deeply Interesting were the Illustrations Miss von Finkelstein gave of the household life and duties of ouch a woman as she was Impersonating last night. She took her simple hand mill (comprising the upper and the nether .millstones co much referred to), and eat upon the stage (p grind the dally measure of corn required for household needs ; singing after tho native fashion as Bhe worked. She showed alfiO how two women could turn the handle together, enjoying companionship and deapatch!ng the work with greater rapidity, and thereby explained the. passage, "Two women shall be working at the mill; one shall be taken and the other left." Interpretation was also given of the terrible significance of the prophesy, " The sound of millstone shall oeaee," which meant, Indeed, no less than that sickness or death had stricken d«wn tho women of the household, and that the family were to go oupperless. Further Miss von Finkelstein described the process of baking over a fire mad> of the grass of the field (or rather small shrubs), " which to-day is and to-morrow -is oast into the oven"; and perhaps the most graphlp passage of the whole leotore was that m whfoh she enacted the misery and frenz'ed searoh of the "woman who having 10 pieces of sliver k seth one." This, It was explained, wan one of the ten ooins that oompoEed her bridal necklaoe, more saored to her than even a woman's wedding ilog to u&— a piece of silver, the loss of which would stamp her with shame, and cover her husband with dishonor. This, and In fact, nearly the whole of the lecture gave additional proof of how unvaryingly Jeeua Christ took His parables and Illustrations from the domestic life of the people He lived amongst. Passing on tha leotnress gave the true Interp etation, and even showed specimen*, of the coat of many colors that proclaimed Joseph rightful son and heir above his brethren ; and the garmpnt whole without seam worn by Christ tho embroidered hem or border of whioh (distinctive of a teacher) people pressed forward to klas. The pmple veil of the Jewish women m whioh Ruth carried the corn given her by Bosz was } next described, and Miss von Finkelatein concluded with a highly popular paisage on babies. She spoke of the practice of anointing a new-born child with olive oil and salt for 40 days, aDd m the light of that explained Kz^klel'a denunciation, *'O Jerusalem, Jerasalem,thoa wast not salted at all, neither wast thou swaddled." Practical illustration was given of the modfl of swaddling infants, and there was enacted the singing, clapping of hands, and rejoicing of tbe women at the priestly blessing of the ohiid. i The lecture occupied nearly an hour and three-quarters, but the time passed swiftly, and Miss von Finkelsteln had tbe • gratification of feeing throughout an ' audience wholly Intent and highly appro* dative.

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THE HOMES AND HAUNTS OF JESUS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1997, 15 November 1888

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THE HOMES AND HAUNTS OF JESUS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1997, 15 November 1888